107 articles tagged "Sinai"
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Acting on secret Obama-Putin Syria deal, Moscow’s air strikes focus first on rebels, next on ISIS
DEBKAfile Special Report November 18, 2015

The secret Obama-Putin deal on a political solution for Syria that was reached on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya has radically changed and intensified Russia’s air strike tactics in the last 24 hours. For the first time, Russian air force planes took off for Syria Tuesday, Nov. 17 from home bases. 

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Operating in 11 Countries, ISIS Holds Enough Territory to Keep Foes at Bay
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

The Sinai branch of ISIS could not have performed alone for blowing up the Russian airliner. It was backed by the spreading, multinational Islamic State organization, like the Tunisian attack five months earlier.

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Has the Buk Missile System Made Its First Appearance in Sinai?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

A Russian-made Buk missile could have reached a high-flying airliner and could have been made available to ISIS-Sinai from its partner Ansar Al-Sharia, its fraternal ally in Libya.

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Moscow and Egypt Part Company in Responses to the Islamist Challenge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

ISIS targeted and struck two foes, Russia and Egypt, with a single Russian-made missile. Neither wants to admit this. The Islamists fearing retribution went to ground after shooting down the Russian airliner, but there was none.

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Russian-made cargo plane crash in S. Sudan kills dozens. Second Mid East air disaster
DEBKAfile Special Report November 4, 2015

No cause has yet been established for the Russian-made Antonov Ant-12’s crash-landing on the east bank of the Nile River 800 m short of Juba international airport in South Sudan Wednesday, Nov. 4. Some 40 people were believed killed on board and on the ground, although there appear to be two survivors. But none of the 224 passengers and crew aboard the Metrojet Flight 9268 Airbus 321 survived the airliner’s crash in central Sinai Saturday, Oct. 31. Russian forensic examinations of the victims’ remains show evidence of an explosion in the plane.

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ISIS claims downing Russian airliner in Sinai in reprisal for Moscow’s Syria air strikes
DEBKAfile Special Report October 31, 2015

"The fighters of the Islamic State were able to down a Russian plane over Sinai province that was carrying over 220 Russian crusaders. They were all killed, thanks be to God. The daily murder of scores of innocents in Syria by your air bombardments will bring upon you disasters…" said a statement from the Sinai affiliate of ISIS after a Metrojet Airbus 321, carrying 217 Russian tourists and 7 crew from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed in central Sinai early Saturday morning, Oct. 31. There were no survivors. 

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The US-MFO Exit from Sinai will Expose a Widening Circle of Mid East Waterways
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Washington prepares to pull its troops out of the MFO Sinai force to escape Islamist threats, but also Tiran island which will leave vital sea passages unguarded and open to being seized by ISIS.

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ISIS and Hamas Play Ball in Sinai Facing No Resistance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

ISIS-Sinai disclosed its first beheading atrocity of a western hostage the day after Washington announced the disbanding of the Multinational Force and Observers after serving in Sinai for decades.

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Desperate El-SISI Ready to Loose ISIS Terror against Israel to Save Egyptian Troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

Despite his warm relations with Netanyahu and close cooperation with Israel in fighting terror, El Sisi is desperate enough to throw Israel as a bone to ISIS to get the terrorists off the backs of Egyptian troops in Sinai.

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The ISIS Kornet missile attack on Egyptian Navy vessel
ISIS infiltrates Egyptian special forces, joins with Hamas to occupy N. Sinai, liquidate Sisi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2015

The Islamic State’s success in infiltrating elite Egyptian military units and banding together with the Palestinian Hamas poses mounting danger to the life and rule of Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi. debkafile: A large group of Egyptian officers and men has defected to ISIS led by Hisham al-Ashmawy, who is seen as the hand behind the prosecutor general’s assassination and other attacks on regime officials. Tuesday, July 21, a joint ISIS-Hamas force struck the Multinational Force and Observers in northern Sinai - the first ever attack on the MFO, which is still ongoing.  

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High Egyptian Officials in Hiding from Islamist Hit-men: President Sisi Is Top Target
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015

President El-Sisi is a prime target for assassination by an ISIS or Muslim Brotherhood hit-man, who could come from his inner circle of guards, like the Islamist who murdered his predecessor Anwar Sadat.

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Israel Special Operations Forces
Israel merges IDF elite units to form the new Commando Brigade tailored to combat ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 7, 2015

Monday, July 6, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott unveiled Israel’s answer to the rising ISIS threat nearing its gates: the new Commando Brigade. An amalgam of four elite units, it is designed for quiet, bold, covert and effective action against terrorist groups posing a threat in the Sinai Desert to Egyptian sovereignty and Israel’s southern border. Such action would be coordinated closely between Israeli and Egyptian military and intelligence arms. There would be similar operations if necessary from Israel’s northern border – against Hizballah or any threat from Syria.

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Egyptian army backed by Apaches kills 241 Islamists in broad area between Sheikh Zuwaid and Rafah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2015

The heavy fighting between the Egyptian army and Islamic State in northern Sinai evolved by its sixth day into an asymmetrical contest. debkafile: By Monday, July 6, the Egyptians were depending heavily on Apache helicopter air strikes to fight off the Islamist terrorists, who were using guerilla tactics to send foot soldiers to strike by night and mount ambushes by day. The Apaches strike any moving object. ISIS has lost 241 men since July 1, but can keep going in the long term thanks to a constant influx of manpower and war materiel.

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Egyptian troops battle ISIS in Sinai
Israeli policymakers' alarming over-reliance on Egypt to grapple with Hamas and ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 3, 2015

The statements by different Israeli spokesmen this week on Egypt, ISIS and Hamas were at dangerous variance with the actual events on their back door. They seemed to overlook the radical axis formed by ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, which threatens Egypt with a drawn-out bloody war, overrunning much of Sinai up to the Suez Canal, seizing the Gaza Strip and launching major assaults on Israel. Friday, July 3, rockets suspected to have come from Sinai raised alerts in parts of southern Israel and administered a much-needed dose of reality.

 

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Egypt’s El-Sisi is the Third Arab Ruler in the Islamist State’s Crosshairs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

Egyptian president El-Sisi joins the Syrian and Iraqi leaders in ISIS’s crosshairs, after hundreds of jihadis stormed Egyptian positions in northern Sinai. They were empowered by a longstanding pact with the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.

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Low Marks for Egyptian, Israeli, US Intelligence over ISIS Surprise Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

US, Israeli and Egyptian intelligence spotters should not have missed the extensive ISIS-Sinai preparations for a major offensive in which the jihadis displayed exceptional and dangerous military competence.

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ISIS attacks Egyptian Sinai positions
Some 200 dead – Egyptian troops, Islamists, civilians - in major ISIS-Egyptian battle in North Sinai
DEBKAfile Special Report July 1, 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant moved ominously close to Israel’s borders Wednesday, July 1 – not as predicted in the north, but in the south. In Sinai, ISIS followed up on its Ramadan terror outrages in France, Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobani, with a massive offensive against Egyptian forces stationed around Sheikh Zuwaid near the Israeli and Gazan borders. Around 200 people were killed in the fierce ten-hour battle – Egyptian troops, Islamist attackers and civilian. Israeli and US Mid East forces were on the ready in case of more ISIS attacks.

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Devastated Egyptian police station in El Arish
After terrorists claim 13 lives in Sinai, El-Sisi reshuffles top army, navy, intelligence and Suez Canal chiefs
DEBKAfile Special Report April 13, 2015

President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi was spurred Sunday, April 12, to make a clean sweep of his top counter-terror commanders by two more deadly attacks in northern Sinai by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the lslamic State’s local branch. They claimed 13 deaths, seven of them Egyptian troops, including two officers, and injured more than 50. To stem the attacks and smuggling of arms and fighters, the military intelligence chief was sacked, the Navy commander replaced, the Sinai force given a new top officer and the Suez Canal Administration strengthened.

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Israeli Drones Boost Egyptian Fight against Islamists’ “Sinai Province”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

Egypt has joined forces with Israel to fight the spreading Islamist terror which is escalating on three fronts from Libya to Sinai and from Suez to the Delta. Israel is contributing advanced military drones.

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Egyptian forces build up in Sinai to battle Islamists
Israel and Egypt forewarned of synchronized ISIS-Sinai assaults in both countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2015

Egyptian and Israeli intelligence have discovered the former Ansar Bait al-Maqdis - reborn as the Islamic State’s operational arm in Sinai – well into advanced preparations for a large-scale terrorist offensive targeting Israel forces manning the Egyptian frontier, along with another multiple assault on Egyptian targets in Sinai, the Suez and Cairo. debkafile: Elated by the success of their Jan. 29 multiple attacks, which left at least 40 Egyptians dead and more than 100 injured, the Islamist group is determined to keep going.  Israeli forces are well prepared. 

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